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The Stanford in Kyoto center is situated inside Doshisha University, on the northern edge of the old Imperial Palace gardens in the heart of the city.

Students can take Autumn and/or Spring Quarter academic programs, as well as an optional 10-week summer internship (for Spring Quarter participants only) at leading companies and institutions all over Japan. The curriculum typically combines intensive Japanese language study with Japan-focused content courses on contemporary culture, arts and society.With its history as Japan’s former Imperial capital for over a millennium, Kyoto is rightly famed for its ancient shrines and temples (which outnumber its convenience stores), its traditional ryokan inns and its centuries-old craftsmanship. Even today the city retains its status as the cultural capital of the nation. Despite its old-world feel Kyoto is an energetic city looking firmly to the future, with an impressive list of high tech companies making their home here.

Notice for the Spring Quarter 2022-23 Kyoto Applicants/Students

Our spring program offers courses aimed at giving students insights into various aspects of modern life in Japan, including: creative expression in marginalized communities; the Japanese satoyama (countryside); contemporary Japanese religion; current affairs shaping Japanese society; and the gardens of Kyoto. Japanese language classes are also offered at various levels.

Please note that:

  • Housing: All students in Spring 2022-23 will live in private housing. For more details, please click HERE.
  • OSPKYOTO 40M: An Intro to Making: What is EE will not be offered in the Spring 2022-23.
  • For an overview of elective courses offered Spring Quarter, please click HERE
  • Application for the 2023 summer internship program is closed.

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

What I Did in Kyoto